Cape Town - The AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open will celebrate its fifth anniversary as
one of world golf’s leading tri-sanctioned tournaments by offering South
African professionals not already exempt an opportunity to qualify on their
home tour for this year’s event.
The Vodacom Origins of Golf Final, a tournament on the Sunshine Tour
this October, will serve as the official qualifying tournament for the December 5-8 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at the Heritage Resorts.
The five-tournament Vodacom Origins of Golf series is the longest
running series of tournaments on the Sunshine Tour, this year celebrating its
16th consecutive season. It has been the platform from which some of
the South African stars of the game have launched their careers.
Louis Oosthuizen, winner of the Open in 2010 and who made his debut in
the 2017 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, won his first professional tournament on
George Coetzee, a multiple European Tour champion and the winner of the
inaugural AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, claimed his maiden professional title on
this series during his rookie season on the Sunshine Tour in 2007.
Fellow European Tour winner Branden Grace is also a former champion on
the Vodacom Origins of Golf series, while Asian Tour and European Tour champion
Justin Harding has won three times on this series.
The AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open occupies a unique space within
international golf through its tri-sanctioned status, making it a highly
attractive event for young professionals seeking to fast-track their careers
onto three of the biggest Tours in the game.
The winner of the tournament automatically receives playing privileges
on all three the Sunshine Tour, Asian Tour and European Tour, opening up a
multitude of playing opportunities into even bigger events that could arise